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Lamentable Journey of Omaha Bigelow Into the Impenetrable Loisaida Jungle: A Novel

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  62 ratings  ·  8 reviews
From one of the most powerful voices in contemporary fiction comes a fantastic adventure through the concrete jungle of New York CityFailed in all his career aspirations, recently laid off from Kinko's, and burdened with a frustrating anatomical shortcoming, Omaha Bigelow finds salvation on the streets of New York City's Lower East Side in the form of a Nuyorican homegirl ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 3rd 2006 by Harper Perennial (first published 2004)
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Lolo S.
The beginning of this book is amazing, especially if you have a connection to New York's lower east side. The magical realism- Puerto Rican witches and animal transformations and bohongo enlargments all actually make sense if you've felt the energy of the LES. But the momentum kind of tapers off and the story gets bogged down in all the characters, and to an annoying extent, the author interjecting himself upon the action. At first the author-as-character as cute, but then it just got old. And t ...more
This book made my eyes burn with ick. The first half is well-written, gripping and fast-paced. However, inexcusably sexual material in it is disgustingly vivid. It just seems as if the author wrote down whatever he wanted about all things gross! The second half of the book is even more excruciating because it abandons all snappy plot points in exchange for silly dialogues between the author and protagonists. If that weren't deeply annoying enough, we also get Vega's senseless political musings i ...more
Robert Friedman
--from my 2005 review in The San Juan Star--

Wassup with the Nuyoricans on the Lower East Side? Well, homegirls are morphing into squirrels and monkeys and seagulls to get around the neighborhood, and occasionally startling an onlooker by fully feathering into magnificent peacocks. The homeboys, who slouch around the projects in baggy clothes by day, are honing in by night on radar, sonar, electronics, navigation and all the other specializations needed for the Puerto Rican Navy being formed to p
This is one of the best books I've ever read.

Other folks have remarked that the author "intrudes" on the work, as if he's a kid who just can't stop himself from gorging on something bad for him. Yunque is not just a kid with a bad habit, but a writer in full control of his literary techniques. Yes, it's a rather experimental device, but it's just that - an intentional device. This novel is not what the first couple of chapters might lead you to expect. That is, it's not a hipster action novel wi
the author is so wildly full of himself that his dialogues with the reader, which make up roughly half the book, quickly become intolerable. the story itself is very fine and creative, but he frequently suggests that if you just want to get back to the plot then you're only interested in trash fiction and not "real literature." the many fine authors he cites as example of real literature, however, manage to tell THEIR stories without constant interruption to explain obvious plot devices and meta ...more
Ben Schaffer
yunque tears it up in this experimental piece of fiction, with all kinds of surreal twists and turns...much of it taking place in post 9/11 new york. he's the puerto rican tom robbins!
Kristi Brendle
Over the top & gratuitous, it's like Christopher Moore and Tom Robbins mixed together (with some salsa & merengue). Interesting, a bit too sexual at times, but a good read.
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